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The Ambassadors gathered at school for our departure at 3p today and the mood was good.  All was well prepared and every ounce of luggage utilized for the trip to meet the benefactors of their efforts.  Clothing and other gifts were packed in every nook and cranny. So, as we now prepare for the long…

Read More Africa began…

I’m heading off tomorrow for an adventure with 27 of our high school students.  After a quick board meeting, I’m on a plane to Africa to help out with our school building projects in Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.  My thanks to all who contributed to this project both through the many activities throughout the year and…

Read More Africa Begins

Dear AAS Community, Just a few more days until the AAS Ambassadors go on their service learning trip to Botswana and Zimbabwe to work on their project “AAS Builds Schools.” The Ambassadors are actively engaged in a primary school build, village development, and community garden project in Pandamatenga, Botswana. They are also working on a…

Read More Director’s Challenge!!

Those of us who live the international life know that some things are often fickle.  We have all experienced the closure of a favorite restaurant, the change in service at a hotel, the often unpredictable attitude of a taxi driver, and the constant difficulties with government services, for almost all nationalities.  Both inside and outside…

Read More Things you can count on…

I want to take this opportunity before our annual February break to thank parents for their ongoing involvement and tremendous flexibility and diligence during recent weeks.  We weathered the storm of the influenza outbreak together.  We practiced our emergency drills.  We got through all the many activities and performances with style and engagement.  Thank you…

Read More Newsletter – February 10

It’s been a busy week here at AAS with a number of activities that were enjoyed by many.  We capped off a weekend with the International School Theater Association and started the week with visiting musicians and dancers for an array of activity.  Thank you, PTO Enhancement Grant program!!  Click here for photos of the event.  Click here to…

Read More Newsletter – February 3

I caught on CNN this morning that today, January 20, is Penguin Awareness Day (not to be confused with World Penguin Day in April).  I couldn’t help but smile as I read the article and thinking, as I often do, about the little “penguins” running around school every day.  I know that some have chided…

Read More Penguin Crosswalk

Greetings Parents!! We have just one day left before a well-deserved holiday.  The beauty of winter vacation the Moscow way is that extra bit of time that we have in January before we need to return.  You’re welcome!  But, let’s make sure to be back in seats on Monday the 11th to bask in the…

Read More Final Message for 2015!

In past weeks, we have oft reflected on the “tone” of the world.  Coming out of recent events, I think we have done well in maintaining a calm and safe environment for students in an often chaotic environment with mixed messages.  While I think most students weave through their day relatively unaware of world events,…

Read More Newsletter – December 9, 2015 – Calling on all parents…

Happy December, Everyone!! I first want to take this opportunity to welcome the last additions to our administrative team in preparation for next year.  As informed previously, Noah Bohnen will be moving into our MS Principal role next year and Michelle Alzamora will be moving into the ES Principal spot.  We’ve also already announced that…

Read More Newsletter – December 2

Updating last week’s words revolving around security, let me share with you that we continue to be in touch with all the relevant authorities including the Regional Security Office at the U.S. Embassy and their extended network throughout the world.  We continue to be cautious in this regard, choosing to relay information when appropriate.  We are…

Read More Newsletter – November 25

Happy Wednesday and welcome to the wonderful dusting of white I’m viewing outside my window tonight as I gaze through the collection of colorful socks that currently adorn the glass!! PTO Enhancement Grants were presented at PTO this week, and I couldn’t be prouder of the student-led initiatives that were presented, along with the array of…

Read More November 18 Newsletter

I write to you today saddened and confused.  A weekend of thought has not yet brought me to any level of understanding of the depth of the tragedy on Friday.  Tears have flowed for our friends that hail from France, in condolence for their loss of family, friends, and countrymen.  Our thoughts and prayers are with…

Read More Terrorist Threats and the Paris Attacks

Weekly update includes this week one additional administrative announcement.  I’m happy to report that we have concluded an agreement with Michelle Alzamora to move into the lead chair at the Elementary Division as the new principal.  Over the last 5 years, Mrs. Alzamora has held various roles at the school including teacher, Literacy Coordinator, and…

Read More Newsletter – November 11, 2015